Everton were linked with Lille defender Gabriel Magalhaes earlier this year and, according to The Independent, have been in discussions with the French club over potentially bringing the 22-year-old to Goodison Park.
Gabriel, who was also linked to Tottenham and Arsenal in January (Daily Mail), made the move to Lille from Brazilian outfit Avai back in 2016 for just £1.5million, and has become a key member of Lille’s first team squad this season, featuring 34 times for the club in all competitions.
Although Gabriel only penned a new deal with Lille in February, committing his future to the club until the summer of 2023, he reportedly continues to interest several teams.
L’Equipe report that one Italian team and two English sides – one of which was Everton – have already submitted formal offers for Gabriel, with the offers that Les Dogues have received being worth between €27million (£25million) and €32million (£29.7million) excluding bonuses.
It was also claimed that Gabriel was supposed to go and visit clubs ahead of a potential summer move, with Lille seemingly acknowledging that he will be leaving, but due to the current global health crisis, he has reportedly been blocked from travelling to clubs.
Gabriel has been sensational for Lille this season and his skills and efforts as a left-footed centre back could help bolster an Everton defence which has blown hot and cold.
While the L’Equipe report claims Everton have submitted a bid, it is unconfirmed whether they were in line to be visited by Gabriel, though one would assume it’s likely.
Given the current state of affairs, it’s unsurprising that he would have been barred from travelling, but hopefully Everton will continue to put the work in so when things return to something akin to normality, they can swoop in ahead of their competitors.